As part of its mission, the St. Louis Sports Commission works to promote sportsmanship in its region. The organization implements programs that create positive environments for kids to play sports and reinforces the importance of respect, civility, selflessness and integrity at all levels.
At the forefront of the Sports Commission’s efforts around sportsmanship is the Musial Awards. Since 2005, the organization has produced this one-of-a-kind national event, which recognizes the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and the biggest names in sports who embody class and character. The event and its awards are named for Stan “The Man” Musial, the late St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer who was one of the greatest players in baseball history and the ultimate good sport.
In 2012, expanding on its efforts in St. Louis, the Sports Commission created the National Sportsmanship Foundation (NSF) to empower people across the nation to lead healthier, happier lives through the values of sportsmanship. This national movement based in St. Louis aims to inspire people to be good sports — all in hopes of creating a move civil society.
The NSF also created the Good Sport Club, which recognizes that we can all win if we make space for more play, more joy, and better sportsmanship in our lives. Today, the Good Sport Club has created a movement that is resonating in all aspects of life, from the locker room to the boardroom.
Ultimately, the Good Sport Club wants to inspire people to make their communities stronger and more resilient. We do this through modeling, recognizing and rewarding acts of sportsmanship. And not just for professional athletes, but for everyday heroes like coaches, parents, refs, teachers and, of course, kids. By practicing the values of sportsmanship, we can all become more productive citizens of society.
As we begin an exciting and inspiring Musial Awards weekend, we ask everyone reading this to click on this link and take the Good Sport Club Pledge to show your commitment to the principles of good sportsmanship. After you’ve taken the pledge, feel free to explore the Good Sport Club website and take advantage of what we have available for parents, coaches, athletes, fans and officials.
So don’t waste any time! Join the Club…Take the Pledge…and Be a Good Sport!